Date: 5th March 2007 at 12:59pm
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Alright, it wasn`t pretty and Jimmy is angry at the team for not producing a performance but it`s three points and that`s all that matters. Teams like Rangers, Dundee United and Hearts have all dropped points on their travels to Falkirk so it was no foregone conclusion that we`d be taking maximum points home in this match.

This is the part of the season when only the results count, it`s too serious for anything other than a victory or a draw to matter if the team is playing well or not. Over the course of the weekend I saw Manchester United and Rangers both winning hard matches against quality opposition and were only given praise for “getting the job done”.

True, both got the result they wanted but the performances were very poor in each case. We`ve come to expect it from Rangers and they didn`t disappoint. Two goals from free kicks, one from a freak distance that the ‘keeper should be shot for (although credit to the vision of the scorer Adam for the audacity and ability to try it) and the other was an easy effort that he decided to throw through his legs to bury his team. He shouldn`t have been on this pitch at that time anyway, not just because he is Hibs 3rd choice ‘keeper but because he should have been shot for the first one.

Manchester United practically bagged the title, or at least took a huge step towards doing so when they beat hated rivals Liverpool at Anfield. Liverpool pounded Fergie`s team for the entirety of the match and but for great work by Van Der Sar and some lame finishing, O`Shea`s last minute goal should have been a inconsequential event. Man U never had a shot on goal the whole second half and never even looked like doing so. Come the end of the season when they lift the Premiership title, nobody will care or remember.

Aberdeen won ugly and are in good company. Chelsea, surprisingly for the talent at their disposal, have been doing it for seasons with great success. Arsenal have been at times stunning to watch and have won nothing.

Football is won by teams full of winners and Jimmy Calderwood has assembled and instilled that ability into Aberdeen just now. They can bolt the back door, soak up the pressure and still manage to find a late, late goal as they`ve shown so many times this season. It`s the sign of a good team and a great team spirit. Rangers have secured nothing yet, Aberdeen should realise they have so many qualities that are superior to Rangers at the moment. Rangers can`t get a team spirit like ours on a Bosman.

Aberdeen should have no fears about facing Rangers. Yesterday they played a Walter Smith special 4-5-1 and it`s obvious the immobile Kris Boyd is no use as the solitary goal threat as his footballing skills are nil. Good goal scorer, useless player and despite the victory, Hibs “goalkeeper” Simon Brown never had a save to make. Boyd never had a shot of note to report. Rangers` defence looked far more solid to be fair and nullified most of the Hibs attacks, by fair means or foul. But by no means did they look impenetrable, Hibs should have notched a couple.

It`s unlikely Smith will use that formation against Aberdeen on the 17th of March as the home support would be howling from boredom with only the talented Chris Burke looking anywhere near a player to have concerns over, so we can expect another striker, most likely the battling Prso to contend with who Anderson has pocketed in the last few matches.

Aberdeen have done very well to be in this position at this point in the season. They are still in touching distance of a Champions League qualifying spot and are more than a match for teams with far greater resources.

All efforts must be made by all concerned with the club that every effort is given to claim that spot as Rangers will definitely hand Walter Smith some serious cash in the summer to strengthen and Hearts surely can`t be so turbulent again as they have already promised not to be.

This, therefore must be our best chance, unless drastic financial change is made at the club, of competing in Europe`s premier competition for a long, long time to come.